Veep position is not for economists – NDC justifies choice of running mate

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The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has justified the choice of Professor Naana Opoku Agyemang as the running mate to the party’s flagbearer John Mahama.

Addressing a press conference at the party’s headquarters on Wednesday July 8, NDC’s National Communications Officer, Sammy Gyamfi described such assertion as a misconception and laughable.

“…the claim by some, that Prof. Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang is not fit for the Vice Presidency because she is not an economist is misconceived and laughable. It is instructive to note, that the VEEP Position is not about economists but, the ability to lead and solve the hydra-headed problems confronting the nation, he noted.

Mr. Sammy Gyamfi reminded Ghanaians about former Vice Presidents who served under the 4th Republic and were not economists but were impeccable in the delivery of their duties.

“It is worthy of note, that this country has had Vice Presidents in the past who were not economists, yet chaired government’s Economic Management team (EMT) and produced excellent results. A classical example of this fact is H.E. John Dramani Mahama, who despite not being an economist served as VEEP and chaired the Economic Management Team under the NDC-Mills administration from 2009-2012. It must be noted, that it was within this period that Ghana achieved its best ever economic performance record; highest economic growth rate of 14.4% and longest period of single-digit inflation, just to mention a few.”

“Also, the late Aliu Mahama, a civil contractor who became the VEEP of President Kufuor did not have any economics background. Yet, he chaired the Economic Management team (EMT) under the NPP-Kufuor administration, which produced the macroeconomic achievements the NPP has continuously boasted of.”

He talked about the track record of Prof. Opoku-Agyemang as the first female Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast (UCC) which makes her very qualified for the position of Vice President.

“It should be clear even to the uninitiated, that any person who is able to transform a Public University, such as the University of Cape Coast which has a faculty of Law, School of economics, Medical School, School of Agriculture among several other disciplines and manage thousands of students and workers from diverse backgrounds, obviously has the competence and versatility to effectively manage and discharge the roles and responsibilities of the office of VEEP.”

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